JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Twenty-six lives were taken in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting one year ago.
Region 8 News talked to a Jonesboro native on the phone Sunday who was minutes away from the shooting and knows some of the victim's families.
Jane Gates said when the news broke, the entire community was paralyzed with shock and confusion. Gates said now, one year later, they are just trying to heal.
"A town, surrounding communities were just in total shock to believe that this kind of violent behavior was directed toward all these youngsters, these really young children," Dr. Jane Gates, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Western Connecticut State University, said. "It was just absolutely unbelievable for all of us. We were mourning."
Gates said the entire community is still mourning one year later.